A collection of mechanical musings, advice, news, and other interesting things from Park Tool.
Written by Calvin on January 10, 2013/Calvin's Corner
"This year's USA National Cyclocross Championship promises to be epic!!"—Anonymous Elite Racer.
That might be one way of putting it, because what we are going to be talking about here is a bike race with people wearing spandex, in Madison, Wisconsin, in the middle of January!Read More
Written by Calvin on November 23, 2012/Calvin's Corner
Free Bikes 4 Kids is a non-profit organization based in the Twin Cites area of Minnesota.
The concept of Free Bikes For Kids is to provide a bike (and a helmet) to a kid who would otherwise not get a bike. Bikes are donated at drop off locations, and what a collection of bikes they are! What are often called "department store" or "big box" bikes, serious BMX bikes, hybrids of well recognized brand names, the occasional Campagnolo® Record® group with requisite Reynolds® 531 frame; all have been seen.Read More
Written by Karl on September 15, 2012/Park Tool News
The Park Tool Company broke ground on a new international headquarters on August 21st. The new site is just over a mile from their current location in Oakdale, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Move in is expected in January 2013.Read More
Written by Karl on August 26, 2012/Park Tool NewsRead More
Written by Calvin on July 27, 2012/Calvin's Corner
A sound working knowledge of tool use is the basis of being a mechanic. Developing good working habits will result in better, more consistent repairs, and in longer lasting tools. This article provides a short review of the proper use of some basic tools.Read More
Written by Calvin on May 30, 2012/Calvin's Corner
This article will review repairs we can do while we are out and about on a bike. There are, of course, many possible issues and problems that can and do occasionally occur when we are riding. Here, we will consider the what to bring, the pre-ride inspection and six broad categories: Flat Tires, Wheel Issues, Drive Train, Braking Systems, Stems/Posts/Bars, and Frames/Forks.Read More
Written by Calvin on May 30, 2012/Park Tool News
Congratulations to Ryder Hesjedal of Team Garmin Barracuda on his victory in the Giro d' Italia.Read More
Written by Karl on May 10, 2012/Park Tool News
Thanks to the editors of Switchback magazine for the nice feature article on Park Tool.Read More
Written by Calvin on April 02, 2012/Calvin's Corner
It has been 22 years since the Clark-Kent mountain bike was new (seen below, on the left). The time has come for an updated, contemporary machine, which in this case will be a Salsa Spearfish (on the right, still mud-free). At first glance you might think these bikes are for two different customers, but that is not the case, as both are mine. The Clark-Kent has a relatively low bottom bracket height compared to the Salsa. Saddle-to-pedal and saddle-over-bars dimension is nearly the same for both. However the larger 29er wheels and taller bottom bracket height give the illusion of two different fits.Read More
Written by Karl on March 30, 2012/Park Tool News
Bike Rumor recent reviewed several tool kits and found that our EK-1 Event Kit was the best on the market. Click to read the entire story.Read More